The glamorous granddaughter of one of Vladimir Putin’s most prominent business enemies was killed when her BMW spun off a road and crashed into a lake.
Heiress Diana Lebedeva – who was known to her friends as Lady D – was a leading member of the Moscow ‘golden youth’ rich set.
The 19-year-old was travelling with a friend when their car left the road and plunged into Lake Lugano in Switzerland.
Her grandfather banker Platon Lebedev, 59, was jailed for 11 years for tax evasion, money laundering and embezzlement after two criminal cases widely seen in the west as politically motivated.She was in a BMW X6 driven by friend Azer Yagubov, 23 – the son of an Azerbaijani businessman – who was also killed.
Both the friends had been educated in Switzerland and the Russian embassy in Bern confirmed the deaths.
The accident at 4am on Thursday came after the car crashed through a barrier and plunged into the lake close to the village of Castagnola.
The vehicle and the bodies were found at the bottom of the lake, according to reports in Switzerland and Russia.
Diana was described as ‘one of the brightest stars among Moscow’s golden youth’.
Online tributes flooded in for the teenager, known for her active social life and fashion sense.‘Our girl, rest in peace,’ said one social media post.
‘I do not believe that you are no more in the world. Diana, you’re in my memory forever remains the ten-year-old girl, which I first saw you on the porch,’ said another.
‘Simply impossible to believe. She was my classmate.’
Police are investigating the cause of the crash, with unconfirmed reports claiming the vehicle had been in a ‘race’ when it got into trouble on a bridge above the lake in canton Ticino.
The bodies of the two victims are to be flown back to Russia, said reports.